October 2012 - Orthopaedics Plus

Athletes and concussions

While football has come into the spotlight as a high-risk sport for concussions, athletes are able to sustain a concussion during any sport. That said, there is a much higher risk when playing a contact sport, one that involves interaction between players or sports equipment that could result in injury, especially sports like football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and field or ice hockey.


Preventing Soccer Injuries

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world and the fastest growing team sport in the United States. Although soccer provides an enjoyable form of aerobic exercise and helps develop balance, agility, coordination, and a sense of teamwork, soccer players must be aware of the risks for injury. Injury prevention, early detection, and treatment can keep kids and adults on the field long-term. 


Injuries to the lower extremities are the most common in soccer. These injuries may be traumatic, such as a kick to the leg or a twist to the knee, or result from overuse of a muscle, tendon, or bone. 


National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

In October we want you to know the many ways physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help improve your quality of life by restoring and improving your ability to move.

If you are one of many people who experience low back pain, for example, a physical therapist can help. If you have had a running injury or want to maintain your ability to run as you age, a physical therapist can help. If you are experiencing Bell palsy, diabetes, frozen shoulder, or pelvic pain, to name but a few conditions, a physical therapist can help.

According to the 2011 “AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise,” approximately 7 in 10 adults age 45 and older (71%) are physically active. If you are a baby boomer, physical therapists can help you stay physically active, including helping you deal with common injuries associated with aging, such as tendinitis and meniscus tears as well as the effects of arthritis.



How to Prevent Running Injuries

Most common running injuries are due to overuse, overtraining, improper shoes, or a biomechanical flaw in body structure and motion. The good news is that many running injuries can be prevented. Follow these steps to keep yourself on the road.